“Chasing God” implies that God is gone, and needs to be caught, which is SOOOO not true.
The dictionary defines “chase” like this: “to pursue in order to catch or catch up with.”
Does God need to be caught or caught up with??
The problem with many of our Christian walks, is that we consciously, or sub-consciously think that God is not with us. Jesus says to us, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20. Sometimes we forget that. We believe deep down that God is doing His own thing, not caring about us, frolicking along this path of righteousness, and quickly moving farther and farther away while we drown in sin and discontentment.
The truth is that someone needs to be caught, but it’s not God, it’s us. Jesus came all the way down from the highest heaven to chase us. He died for our sins and shortcomings, so we could live with Him eternally. He’s still chasing us today.
Think of a time when you’re distracted and you know that the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart to spend time with Jesus… THAT my dear, is called “Chasing”.
If You’re Running, But God’s Already There, You’re Leaving Him.
I mean… It’s possible. Let’s say a person is right next to you, and you start running. It’s only logical, that you’ll leave that person behind, unless that person starts running to catch up with you, and in that case……. they’re chasing you. 😉
Many of us have this view of God that’s really not backed up in scripture. For example, the idea that He needs to be chased. There are many things in life that we chase, like money, fame, social media followers, etc. The God I know “stands at the door and knocks” (Rev. 3:20) waiting for us to let Him in, so He can sit and dwell with us.
The idols that we make our gods, require us to chase them, so our focus will forever stay on them, and away from the loving God who ACTUALLY cares!
Never Chase God, Seek Him Where You Are.
We should never chase God, because He doesn’t need to be caught, He needs to be sought. Jesus says “Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33.
SEEK! According to good ol’ Webster, “to seek” means “to attempt to find.” Does God need to be found??
YES! Among all the distractions, the lies, the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the material things… there’s a kingdom waiting to be inhabited. There’s a God waiting to be seen! Our eyes are so blinded by these worldly things, that we can’t see Him, and we think it’s necessary to run and chase God. But it’s not! It’s not even a wise things to do! We can’t even see, so we definitely wouldn’t know which way to run.
Imagine yourself in a dark room. I mean, pitch black. Let’s say you’re in there, and God is there too. You want to find Him, so what do you do??
Well the first thing I would do, would be to yell out: “Hey God! I know you’re here, I want to find you! Where are you!?!”
“And the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.'” Isaiah 58:9
The next thing I would do would be to reach, and grope in the darkness for Him, and He will be found. We have to reach out our arms and feel around.
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;” Acts 17:27
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” Deuteronomy 4:7
So How Do You Seek Him Where You Are?
Glad you asked. 😉
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
The answer is to be humble pray. Don’t act like you’re capable of catching God. He’s already there for you. Thank Him for that, and be grateful that He’s listening to you, and that He actually cares about what you’re saying. Be confident that He will answer you, and you will find Him. God says:
“It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
Dear God in Heaven, thank you for being my Creator and Savior. You’ve promised that when I seek You, I will find You, so please help me to do just that. Guide my heart to you God so I’m not chasing in vain. Help me to seek Your face, Your kingdom and all Your righteousness. Because You’re faithful to your promises, I know You will deliver. I’ll be waiting excitedly and patiently to see Your wonderful works. Thank you, Jesus. I love You. Amen.
Get your Bible, your concordance, or Google, and research some promises of the Bible. Pray and ask God to show you what He wants you to see, and watch for the answers every day.
What do you think? Do you “chase God”? What do you mean by it? Have you learned something new?